My brother's laptop is not charging. Vista says it is charging, but the battery meter isn't going up. It seems that plugging it in only discharges the battery faster. What is the problem? We use his other laptop to chatge this one.
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First off, a Permobil C500 is not a PC laptop. Next time, please put this in the correct category.
Try charging up the battery/batteries with a auto car charger. Make sure the voltage is set correctly, and charge it on slow or low, 2Amps. Leave it on there for about 4 hours and see if the chair will run and for how long. This should tell you if its the batteries or charger that's bad.
This sounds like your power adapter is not charging/powering your machine, and the battery is dead. Using a volt/multi meter check the adapter's output. If it isn't what the input listed on the laptop, you will have to replace it. Be sure to test your laptop battery also. Good luck,
you need to make sure your power adapter is providing enough power to both run the laptop & charge the battery. A very good way to do this is to compare your laptop voltage & ampere requirements (written on a sticker on the bottom of the laptop) with the voltage & ampere ratings of the power adapter. Voltages should be the same, or the power adapter's voltage about up to 0.5 volts more than the laptop's voltage rating. Amperage of the power adapter should be at least equal to or greater than the laptop's rating. It should never be less than the laptop's rating, or else the power adapter will be providing insufficient amperes to charge the battery. Of course, the power adapter's nominal amperage might be ok, but it degraded on usage. You can verify this by testing using a good or new power adapter. If the battery did not charge using the new power adapter, take the battery off the laptop, & using a dry tooth brush, scrub in between the fins of the battery connector on the motherboard & on the battery it self, then put the battery back into the laptop & try again. If this still did not resolve the problem, then the battery itself could be bad. Try it on another laptop, or try a good or new battery in your laptop. If this did not work, there might be a possibility that the charging circuitry on the laptop's motherboard is defective & needs servicing. In order to do this, the laptop needs to be disassembled & the motherboard checked for defective/burned out components in the area near the DC jack. Any defective/burned out components found should be replaced, or you might need to replace the laptop's motherboard altogether
Have you tried attaching an external monitor when the LCD screen is disconnected from the motherboard? this connector is located under the keyboard strip – a piece of plastic just above the keyboard. If it works, this way, then the video cable isn’t seated properly in the connector on the back of the screen.Plugging the video cable back in should fix the problem. I don’t know how comfortable you are with taking apart laptops but I think that this information could be useful for you. Source: http://www.asklaptopfreak.com/laptop-notebook-help/2006/08/08/laptop-powers-on-and-shuts-off-immediately/
If you mean the amber 'charging' light does not light when charging, note your PC must have a working Microsoft ActiveSync installed on an XP, Mobile Device Manager on a Vista PC, before the phone will charge from a PC USB port.
If it will also not come on when the AC charger is connected, then I would suspect a bad light or what ever supplies the light.
How do you know it is not chargeing if the phone comes on. Are you saying the phone will only come on when plugged in a PC or AC Charger? If so, I would suspect the battery. Unplug it and clean both the battery terminals on the battery those on the phone the battery mates with. You can use a clean pencil erasure.